What is: “Anti-gay pastors and politicians who turn out gay,” Alex? (video)

From the YouTube page for the video:

This video takes a look at the anti-gay and homophobic pastors and politicians who turn out to be actually gay themselves. These men are hypocrites who repeatedly discriminated against homosexuals and passed legislation to withhold the rights of gay people.

The pastors and politicians mentioned in this video are as follows: Ted Haggard, George A. Rekers, Richard Curtis, Roy Ashburn, Albert Odulele, Mark Foley, Christopher Lee, Eddie Long, Jim West, Paul Babeu, Ken Mehlman, and Larry Craig.

This video seriously ticks me off. At first I thought it was kind of funny. Then you watch these jerks rail against gay people, and your blood pressure starts to rise.

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20 Responses to “What is: “Anti-gay pastors and politicians who turn out gay,” Alex? (video)”

  1. greg bowling says:

    I was victimized by one of these men. I am originally from Kentucky. My parents are Pentecostal. Our Pastor he tried to have a sexual relationship with me. When I refused he called me in front of the church for prayier for having the demon of homosexuality. This went on for several years we started to go to church six times a week. My mother all she wanted for me to be her definition of normal. I was confused, and scared I wanted to die but Hell scared me far worse. My parent’s divorced neither wanted the gay demon child. I obtained my GED and left home never to return.
    Men who persecute us they always ask for forgivness, But I never here them apologize for the lives they hurt.

  2. darklight_413 says:

    Honestly, these don’t piss me off quite as much anymore. I think they’ve done more to help gay rights than hurt because of the thousands of people who were supporting them got to see what kind of pathetic garbage they are. I have absolutely no sympathy for these evil people and they deserve what they get and more.
    I grew up the son of a Southern Baptist preacher (from the heart of the bible belt) and I can tell you for a fact that there were other preachers who railed against gay people but would be out at the nearest rest stop or glory hole doing things that would make a porn star blush. The ones who scream the loudest are the ones with the most to hide. You can just imagine what kind of skeletons are in the closets at the westboro baptist church.

  3. tealeclipse says:

    Hi, John, Could you be more specific regarding Rep. Foley’s having voted for anti-gay legislation? He served 11 years in Congress, was openly gay when elected, and subsequently re-elected as such. The truth be told, he was no Barney Frank or Jim Kolbe, but I fail to understand his inclusion in the article, other than for his inappropriate behaviors.
    Thanks for your reporting.
    And was that video of Ted Haggard or Daniel Tosh-point-Oh?

  4. karmanot says:

    I guess we might conclude that the ‘church’ sucks as a closet.

  5. Sweetie says:

    This is one of the reasons it’s often so ironic to see attitudes differ between men and women about warfare. It’s not as if most women have refused to breed with war-mongering men, have refused to facilitate the violence that they supposedly abhor. In Russia, over the course of 35 years, selective fox breeding has resulted in domesticated foxes and extremely vicious foxes. Which men women select for breeding affects the aggressiveness and other characteristics of our species.

  6. Sweetie says:

    That’s true, but psychology also plays a role in that. For instance, research has found that young women tend to become aroused when men fight over them. This sort of primitive psychology, as it’s expressed by males and females, affects how the sexes interact in many ways. Men arguably wouldn’t be so aggressive and such if women were not keen on choosing them as mates. One interesting theory I’ve seen is that women have two types of ideal man: the stable type for marriage and child-rearing and the “bad boy” for flings. How many of the children are from the bad boys? In one polygamous culture in Africa, women marry old men for money and status and have sex with young men on the side for the purpose of getting pregnant. The research even said they only orgasm for the young men, as a way to avoid getting pregnant by their old husband.

    Since men hold most of the power, if 50% of men were gay, we would see a very different world when it comes to heterosexism and homophobia.

  7. FunMe says:

    We need POSTERS. They should be used to protest all these anti-gay pastors and closet mental cases to remind them that we know they are gay just like the many other closet queen who scream the loudes with all their anti-gay hate.

  8. silas1898 says:

    Quite the “Rogue’s Gallery”
    It would be nice if they popped up the dates with the names. The context would be helpful.
    Who is the most recent one to get tagged?

  9. Phaerisee says:

    Jesus spent very little time condemning. The same types who condemned him were busy condemning gays, blacks– anyone not in their socio-economic sphere or cultural group.

  10. goulo says:

    Gay people being a minority is surely a factor in the discrimination, indeed, but on the other hand, the fact that women are half of the population doesn’t seem to prevent a lot of anti-women attitudes and laws, sadly.

  11. Sweetie says:

    Heterosexism and homophobia have power because of the heterosexual majority. Although cases like these are not at all rare, they would not happen if 50% of men were gay. Being a minority makes things difficult, especially in a culture that worships masculinity, erroneously views homosexuality in men as a threat to masculinity, and suppresses sexuality in favor of militarism.

    It is nice to see that things are changing for the better, but we must always be mindful of the Puritanical militaristic mindset that is inescapable in our culture.

  12. ronbo says:

    Was it Ed Koch who ensured that no significant public official of NYC discussed AIDS – because of the impact it might have on the city’s tourism? Hundreds of thousands should have been warned of the significance of the emerging plague. An ounce of prevention – or at least awareness – might have kept many friends alive. Instead there was a gag-order.

  13. emjayay says:

    These are all old news but a nicely done video reminding us of all of ’em. The guy with the luggage carrying assistant is the most amusingly absurd. The video didn’t include how pretty much all of them went on at great length with ludicrous denials at first before sort of admitting to it, or in most cases just going away.

  14. emjayay says:

    Also although he caused some problems with the AIDs crisis, he wasn’t a homophobe and I don’t think he went around making speeches about familiy values and the gay being sinful or anything, like all these guys did.

  15. BeccaM says:

    When an internal conflict, shame and self-loathing is externalized — that’s what’s happening in every single one of these cases.

    Unfortunately, the result is the deliberate infliction of pain and suffering on others.

  16. karmanot says:

    I never heard that too, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

  17. Dave of the Jungle says:

    I categorically deny ever implying or otherwise explicitly stating that KEN MEHLMAN IS GAY.

  18. karmanot says:

    “Pay no attention to that man behind the glory hole!”

  19. Phil says:

    I must be getting old. Little surprises me anymore when it comes to this stuff. Yes, it pisses me off too, but the comical value of these situations seems to more than make up for it: after the hot mess these bozos got themselves into, did anyone ever hear much from them ever again? Their credibility seems to disappear and they’re never or rarely ever heard from again and no one takes them seriously.

  20. olandp says:

    Interesting that they are all Republicans, maybe they should have thrown Ed Koch in for a Dem. But then he had never really come out (like we didn’t know.) Who would have guessed?

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